E-mail address: c@oanmrteascftm@firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman of the consultative committee:
Chairman of the theological committee:
Departmental delegates for the CNEF:
Postal address: 123 Avenue du Maine, 75014 Paris.
Telephone: 01 43 21 12 78.
The CNEF provides a platform for exchange, reflection and dialogue with a view to strengthening bonds and increasing the visibility of French protestant evangelicalism, whilst respecting its diversity. The CNEF represents around 75% of the French evangelical movement.
In response to an invitation from the national council of the French Evangelical Alliance and the directing committee of the French Evangelical Federation (now the Réseau FEF), a large majority of the leaders of church unions and Bible colleges in France met for the first time on the 6th January 2001 at Nogent-sur-Marne. Different aspects of the evangelical movement’s situation where covered.
Being aware of their separations and understanding the harm that this does to the effectiveness of word and witness, the assembly decided to meet again on the 18th June 2001 at the same place for a day of prayer and fasting. On this occasion, several leaders, on behalf of their federations or unions, asked for forgiveness for attitudes that have created tensions in the past. Everyone was happy with the quality of the discussions, showing willingness for mutual recognition and the development of brotherly ties.
It was then decided to ask a group to work on the project of an evangelical platform, to share with the unions, associations and federations what had just been experienced, and to meet again for a new day of work on the 7th January 2002. A text was written on this occasion defining what could become the National Council of Evangelicals in France (CNEF).
The founding charter results from the corrections made during a meeting on the 16th September 2002 following consultations with the leaders of the various denominations concerned. After a new revision it was adopted unanimously on the 6th January 2003.
At the meeting held on Monday 20th September 2004 several working groups were set in motion, amongst these, church planting and a code of conduct for the CNEF.
The code of conduct was finally accepted at the meeting held on the 11th September 2006.
On the 11th September 2007 the representatives of the French Evangelical movement present at the plenary meeting of the CNEF decide unanimously to submit to their respective associations a project, proposed by the committees of the AEF and the FEF, which would give the CNEF a legally declared structure. The main thrust of this project is to transfer to the CNEF the missions of the AEF and those of the FEF which are useful to all Evangelicals, notably those concerned with representation before the authorities and relations with the media.
On the 15th June 2010 a General Meeting is held to officially and publicly found the CNEF. Étienne Lhermenault is named president, with two co-directors: Clément Diedrichs and Stéphane Lauzet.
Meeting of the CNEF, September 2004